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JRS Southern Africa is one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organisation affiliated to the Society of Jesus. The regional office in Southern Africa supports country programmes in Angola, Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. With a mandate to serve refugees and forcibly displaced persons, country projects include assisting refugees to access education, healthcare, and offering small business support.
JRS institutes legal workshops for refugees and government officials in order
to educate individuals about the rights of refugees. JRS also assists refugees
in filing appeals if they have been denied refugee status.
JRS works with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins in Dzaleka
refugee camp to bring a variety of educational initiatives to displaced persons.
JRS also brings psychosocial programmes to refugees and displaced persons
requiring psychosocial support.
Zimbabwe, JRS works in Tongogara refugee camp to bring skills training to
refugees and displaced persons. These trainings include computing,
hairdressing, cosmetology and sewing classes. There are also initiatives that
work to bring accredited education and scholarship programmes to students in
Africa, JRS works with refugees in urban areas like Johannesburg and Pretoria
to generate income. Since Johannesburg is home to the largest urban refugee
population in the world, JRS works tirelessly with refugees to create sustainable
livelihoods and vocational training and assistance in setting up small
Graduation Ceremony at the JRS Arrupe Center, Johannesburg
September 22, 2017 at Cathedral Hall, Johannesburg, 119 women supported by JRS South Africa received their certificates upon completing skills training courses in sewing, hairdressing, baking, cosmetology and computer literacy.
Umoja: breaking down barriers and opening doors for people with disabilities in Malawi
Fidel Musiri is a graduate of the Community Service Learning Track (CSLT) in Special Needs. Aiming to fill the gap in disability services at Dzaleka Refugee Camp, he founded the Umoja People with Disabilities Project and the Respite Care Center, two organizations working toward the betterment of lives for people with disabilities in Dzaleka and its surrounding villages.
Graduation Ceremony at the Arrupe Learning Center, Dzaleka Refugee Camp
Mark and Keros are among the 19 young men and women who graduated with a Diploma in Liberal Studies from Regis University on July 28th at the JRS run Arrupe Learning Center in Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Here they talk of the significance of this momentous occasion in their lives and share their hopes for the future.
Simple Innovation to Save Lives from Drowning
An all girls team of students from the JRS run Dzaleka Secondary School, Malawi, won the prestigious Scientific and Technological Innovation Award at the National Schools Science Fair (NSSF). The team took home the award for their invention of a lifejacket made of polythene sheets and plastic bottles!
Angola: Thousands of refugees from DRC in urgent need of assistance
Dundo, 17 May 2017 - “The situation here is desperately urgent. Thousands of Congolese are fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo and seeking refuge in neighbouring Angola,” reports Tim Smith, JRS Regional Director of Southern Africa, from his visit to north east Angola.
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